The 29th Annual Michigan Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in television, were presented on June 16 in Detroit. Both Fox Sports Net Detroit and Michigan Television (WFUM-TV 28 Flint) were awarded five Emmy's each from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing Emmy selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work.
FSN Detroit won in five of 12 nominated categories, totaling 24 overall nominations and has now captured 39 EMMYs since 2000, including 21 over the last three years. This year’s FSN winning entries included three for its coverage of the Detroit Red Wings, another for a powerful CCHA feature, and a repeat EMMY for Detroit Tigers analyst Rod Allen:
• Sports Program Feature Segment: "The Ultimate Assist" (Shireen Saski)- Saski picks up her third career EMMY and second in a row, this one for her work on a feature that first ran during FSN’s coverage of the 2006 Great Lakes Invitational.
• Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: "Red Wings Weekly at Children's Hosptial" (Trevor Thompson)- Thompson wins for the first time with this episode devoted to the dedication of a Red Wings section at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.
• Sporting Event/Game-Live/Unedited Program/Special: "Red Wings Hockey" (John Tuohey, Mark Iacofano, Brian Maas)
• On-Camera Talent/Reporter – Sports Play-by-Play: "Between the Benches (Ken Daniels)- FSN Detroit earned a pair of Emmy's for its “Between the Benches” telecast of the Dec. 12, 2006 game between the Red Wings and Ottawa Senators. The unique telecast featured play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels positioned at ice level between both teams’ benches, to provide a unique perspective on the action. It’s the 13th statuette for Tuohey at FSN Detroit, the sixth for Iacofano, third for Maas and first for Daniels.
• On-Camera Talent Reporter – Sports Analyst: "Tigers Baseball" (Rod Allen)- This marks the second consecutive Emmy in this category for the popular Tigers announcer, honored for his work during the team’s memorable 2006 American League championship season.
“I am immensely proud of all of FSN's creative professionals and our 24 EMMY nominations,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “It's very gratifying to see their dedication to Michigan sports fans be recognized with the most sports-related EMMYs of any organization.”
Michigan Television was awarded its Emmy's for:
• Arts/Entertainment – Program Feature/Segment: “FIA (Flint Institute of Arts) Opening” (Jim Gaver)- This program reveals the beautiful expansion of the Flint Institute of Arts, a truly magnificent art museum for a city of Flint’s size.
• Human Interest – Program Feature/Segment: “Whitefish Pointe Lighthouse” (Mary Kay Berg)- “Whitefish Pointe Lighthouse” explores the historical significance and human drama of the
people who dedicated their lives to the safety of others via the lighthouse.
• Documentary – Cultural: “Making Genes Dance” (Charles Cirgenski)- In a year-long engagement with various arts and civic organizations in Flint, Michigan, the Liz Lerman
Dance Exchange explores the issues and concerns facing those who study the human genome.
• Nostalgia Program – Feature/Segment: “Howell Opera House” (Donna Ryen)- Since its closing in 1924, the Howell Opera House has sat, virtually untouched. This segment/short gives us a brief look into the golden days [1880-1924] of small town opera houses, most of which are currently extinct.
• Writer – Short Form: “Front Porch Theater” (Gary Ewell)- This program, produced by Michigan Television’s Gary Ewell, is a video time capsule, chronicling bygone days in Flint’s many neighborhoods.
“The productions from 2006 were outstanding,” said Station Manager Jennifer White. “We're very
proud of the Emmys they've garnered. We look forward to even more accomplishments in the coming years.”